South Africa mourns shot footballer Senzo Meyiwa


Tens of thousands of people have attended the funeral of South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa in Durban.

Meyiwa, 27, was shot on Sunday, apparently after burglars entered his girlfriend’s house near Johannesburg.

A suspect appeared in court on Friday and was charged with the murder of the popular goalkeeper.

Meyiwa’s death shocked South Africa and has highlighted the high rates of violent crime in the country.

The funeral took place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Meyiwa’s hometown of Durban.

Tom Burridge watched the emotional scenes at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Many of the mourners were wearing T-shirts with a picture of Meyiwa, who was widely seen as an inspiring figure.

Others wore red or black replica football shirts in the colours of Meyiwa’s team, Orlando Pirates.

Meyiwa’s coffin was driven into the stadium, followed by Orlando Pirates players and officials. Mourners cried as videos were played showing Meyiwa training and playing football.


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